February 24, 2021

Top Executives of Texas Power Grid Resign in Aftermath of Deadly Winter Storms

Five board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas—the entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of Texas—will resign on Wednesday, with a sixth pending member withdrawing his application to join the council, the Texas Tribune reports. The board has been criticized for last week’s mass power outage during a winter storm that has claimed the lives of dozens of Texans.

Texas Tribune

In Attacks on Environmental Advocates in Canada, a Disturbing Echo of Extremist Politics in the US

The government of Alberta, home to Canada’s oil industry, is in the final stages of a public inquiry targeting environmental advocates. But critics of the inquiry say it has devolved into incompetence and relies on reports published by the government that are laced with conspiracy theories and climate denial. “This has been a witch hunt from the very beginning,” one activist said.

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‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

The phrase “illegal alien” was replaced with “noncitizen.” The words “climate change” reappeared on government websites and documents. Since the first days President Biden took office, his administration has moved quickly to replace the language and imagery used under Trump, signaling the new president’s more inclusive and science-driven approach to policy, The New York Times reports.

The New York Times

February 23, 2021

February 22, 2021

Texas Freeze Led to Release of Tons of Air Pollutants as Refineries Shut Production

The nation’s largest oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this past week, as refineries and petrochemical plants in the region scrambled to shut down production during frigid weather, Reuters reports. As the industry responded to the deadly winter storms, shutdowns led to increased flaring, or burning and releasing of gases, to prevent damage to their processing units.

Reuters

What’s On Interior’s To-Do List? A Full Plate of Public Lands Issues—and Trump Rollbacks—for Deb Haaland

Public lands, which are responsible for about a quarter of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, are set  to play a pivotal role in the Biden administration’s ambitious climate change agenda. We look at what could be the Interior Department’s priority list, starting this week with the confirmation of Deb Haaland, who could become the first Native American to lead the agency.

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